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You Made A Mistake & Charged With A Crime…You May Have A Defense!

    “Mistakes – call them unexpected learning experiences.” ― Richard Bach   There are certain situations where you may not be held liable for a crime that you have committed. Yes, you read that correctly, in some cases you can break the law and not be held responsible. These cases are few and far …

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The Importance of Jury Nullification …

  “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” … Martin Luther King, Jr. You’re sitting at the defense table, handcuffed. You’re waiting for the jury to read their verdict, the verdict that decides your future.  The evidence has stacked up against you in court; even you think you’re guilty. The law that you’re being …

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Federal Convictions Based On Willful Blindness

Willful Blindness is a theory of liability in the federal criminal justice system that just doesn’t seem fair.  The doctrine of willful blindness helps prosecutors convict defendants who deliberately shield themselves from clear evidence of critical facts that are strongly suggested by the circumstances.  If a defendant who behaves in this manner, they are just …

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State and Federal Prosecutors: What Happens When They’re Not Just?

One of the most disconcerting things for a defendant to face is when they sit in trial for a crime they allegedly committed and see the prosecutor engaging in behavior that is wrong in every sense of the word. The legal term is “prosecutorial misconduct” and it can occur at any point during criminal proceedings …

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Criminal Defenses:  Mistake of Fact and Mistake of Law

Criminal defenses Any reputable criminal defense attorney knows how important it is to assess a client’s criminal case for any potential legal defenses to the crime(s) being charged.  There are specific defenses that are in the California criminal jury instructions (CALCRIM) that lay out all available affirmative defenses for crimes.  Two of the most common …

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The Use of Government Snitches – Fair or Unfair??

A recent hot topic In Orange County, California has been the use of in custody government snitches against in-custody defendants.  The Seal Beach, California mass murder case involving Scott Dekraai, involved weeks of hearings resulting from a defense motion to dismiss in which law enforcement personnel and government snitches testified.  The testimony resulted in Orange …

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Things to Consider Before Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal defense attorney When you have been arrested and accused of committing a crime, or you are under investigation, you need to find a criminal defense attorney immediately.  With the internet at your fingertips, it is hard to determine which attorney is perfect for your situation.  Do you pick the attorney who seems to be …

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